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The Open Work Permit Extension in Canada Unveiled

As you wake up to the morning light in your cozy Vancouver apartment, you realize that your journey in Canada doesn't have to end soon. The experience you've had so far has been transformative, and you feel there's still a lot more to explore and achieve. It occurs to you that maybe you could extend your open work permit, but where do you start? At Ansari Immigration, we have helped countless individuals through this process. Today, we will dive into the details of extending your open work permit in Canada.


A Path Paved with Success Stories

John, an international graduate from the Philippines, found himself at a crossroads as his work permit neared its expiration. Eager to continue his burgeoning career in tech, he reached out to us. With our guidance, John successfully extended his open work permit, allowing him to not only keep his job but also take strides towards permanent residency. His words post-success were simple yet profound, "The right guidance can turn apprehensions into accomplishments.”
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Q&A: Your Pressing Queries Answered


1. What is an Open Work Permit in Canada?

An open work permit is a golden ticket, allowing you to work for any employer in Canada, sans a confirmed job offer. It’s especially favorable for international students and spouses or partners of temporary foreign workers or students.


2. How can I extend my Open Work Permit?

The process involves a few essential steps but fret not, your trusted Vancouver Immigration Consultant at Ansari Immigration is here to navigate the waters with you.


How to apply for an open work permit extension?

If you are eligible to apply for an open work permit extension, you can submit your application online or by mail. However, applying online is faster and easier, as you can avoid delays and errors that may occur with paper applications.

To apply online, you will need to:

  • Create an account on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website

  • Fill out the online application form and answer some questions about your personal information, education, work experience, and reason for extending your stay in Canada

  • Pay the required fees, which include the work permit fee ($155) and the biometrics fee ($85) if applicable

  • Upload the required documents, such as a copy of your passport, a copy of your current work permit, a digital photo, proof of funds, proof of health insurance, and any other documents that support your application

  • Submit your application and wait for a decision from IRCC

You can check the status of your application online by logging into your account on the IRCC website. You can also receive email notifications and updates from IRCC about your application.

If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation letter and a new work permit by mail or by email. You must print the confirmation letter and keep it with you until you receive your new work permit. You must also comply with the conditions of your new work permit and report any changes in your situation to IRCC.

If your application is refused, you will receive a refusal letter explaining the reasons for the refusal and your options to appeal or reapply.

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